Tips for Long Hair

After having grown my hair all the way down past my waist, a lot of people ask me how I was able to grow such long, healthy hair. First, I do want to point out that I have excellent genes, and even some others in my family have grown their hair out to extensive lengths. But, genetics aside, there’s still a lot you can do to help your hair grow.

1. Trim your hair often. People don’t realize how important this is. This keeps the ends of your hair healthy and prevents you from having to cut off a large chunk of hair later when the ends start to split. How often should you trim your hair? There’s no set rule, but every 6-8 weeks is fine. It will depend a lot on you- do you swim or go in the sun a lot? If so, you may be looking at trimming every 6 weeks. I can usually go about 2 months before I notice my ends splitting.
2. Deep condition at least once a week. I strongly recommend using 4 parts extra virgin coconut oil and 2 parts pure honey and warm it up a bit on the stove. Put it on a freshly-washed hair and wrap plastic wrap or a shower cap, and then a towel over it. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, depending on the length of your hair, and then rinse it out.
4. Brush the bottom of a ponytail first, then work your way up. This will help with any knots that you may have in your hair, and certainly is a lot less painful!
5. Shampoo only your scalp, and then condition only the ends. This is a tip a hair stylist and cosmetologist once gave me. Because shampoo can dry out the ends of your hair, use it only on the top of your head, and use an enriching conditioner on the tips.
6. If you can, don’t wash your hair every day. You have natural oils that help your hair shine, so don’t wash them away! I wash my hair every other day, and sometimes every 2 days, depending on how much I sweat. If you can manage to go for a bit without washing then do so, but make sure you brush those oils so they can benefit the rest of your hair.

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